What Is Considered High Mileage for a Used Car?

January 11th, 2022 by
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If you’re on the lookout for the perfect used vehicle in Pride Hyundai of Lynn, you probably have some questions. One of the most common questions we hear from Saugus drivers is, “What is considered high mileage for a used car?” The answer isn’t so clear cut. What is considered high mileage for a used car now is a lot different than the past. Many experts once considered 100,000 miles to be a high mileage, and now cars last well over 200,000 miles in Revere.

Find out the factors that matter for your used car shopping experience, and then check out our low-mileage used cars for sale in Pride Hyundai of Lynn.

Factors that Affect Used Car Quality

  • Usage – A car that has traveled 75,000 miles in stop-and-go Everett traffic will have a lot more wear and tear than a 75,000-mile car that’s mainly traveled down the highway. Try to get the previous owner’s driving history before you buy.
  • Location – Climate can also affect the way a car wears down. Vehicles from dry, warm climates deal with considerably less stress on the road than vehicles from areas with a cold, wet climate.
  • Condition – After giving the car a good look, we recommend getting a certified mechanic to inspect the vehicle as well. They can determine if there are any issues you missed, so you can figure the cost of repairs into your budget.
  • Maintenance – A spotty service history can be a red flag, so try to check the maintenance history of the vehicle. Regular maintenance means the components have been checked and serviced, which generally leads to better condition.

Low Mileage vs. High Mileage

Determining what is considered high mileage for a used car is complicated. Instead of thinking about the miles driven, think about the miles remaining. A used car in great condition with 50,000 miles could be a fantastic buy. But also, a car with 100,000 miles in great condition could give you another four years of reliable travels with a much lower price tag. Remember that the average driver puts around 12,000 miles on their car every year.

Mileage vs. Age 

Another key thing to keep in mind is the relationship between mileage and age of the vehicle. This relationship can reveal a lot about your short list of used cars, so let’s run through a few scenarios.

  • An older car with lower mileage can actually be a risky buy. That’s because vehicles perform their best when driven regularly, and a neglected vehicle can have issues with seals and gaskets that can lead to costly repairs.
  • Maintenance is the key to your car’s longevity, so always prioritize a vehicle with a good maintenance record over one with an irregular record.
  • Lower mileage vehicles are usually higher priced than higher mileage vehicles, so don’t be afraid to look at well-maintained higher mileage options if you’re on a budget. 
  • If you prefer a more recent model year, think about certified pre-owned models. These models are professionally inspected for quality and even come with a warranty.

Explore Low Mileage Used Cars for Sale at Pride Hyundai of Lynn

Ready to start putting your knowledge to work? Visit Pride Hyundai of Lynn in Lynn to see our stock of used vehicles, and let us introduce you to your next car. Contact us with any questions, or stop by our showroom!


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